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Trust Your Gut in the Job Market

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It’s no secret that everyone these days is concerned about job security. For many Americans it is a scary time with over half a million new people added to the unemployment ranks. Here are eight steps you can take to intuitively guide you in the process of this uncertain job market.

Pay attention to what is going on around you
If people speak in hushed tones when you come near, or if there are meetings taking place where you are not included, don’t ignore it. Listen to your inner voice. If your gut tells you that you are at risk you should immediately become more vocal about the value of your contributions.

This is not a time to eat humble pie. Make sure the people who count know your contributions. Ask your clients to write notes about the service they received from you. Keep track of your testimonials and circulate them.

After a salesperson found the receipt for an expensive item I needed to return, I sent a note commending her efforts to her supervisor. Taking the time to give positive feedback goes a long way to setting an energetic connection to receiving good in return.

Contribute ideas
They say, “If you want to have a great idea, have a lot of ideas.” If you are not an idea person, become one. A good book to read to help with this process is The Passion Test by Jane Atwood. Creative people who bring good energy into the office will be remembered. Also, even if you are let go, having established your good energy will help you negotiate a more satisfying exit package.

Continue educating yourself.
When you expand your knowledge base you become more valuable. Also, when you can show on your resume your ability to increase your responsibilities you will become more marketable. Now is the time to attend community colleges and focus on the skills and abilities that will not only help you in your present job but will lay a foundation for what you want in the future.

Don’t pretend like it can’t happen to you.
A female client working in the telecommunications industry ignored the signs of change because she focused on the revenue her department brought in to the company. When she was offered an opportunity to leave with a year’s salary she turned it down, and subsequently lost the offer when the department was cut a few months later.

Make a list now of the things that you would want if your position suddenly ended.
We often stop thinking when we are in the midst of turmoil. That’s why it is important that you sit down and make the list before any changes occurs. When is your bonus due? Will you receive it? If you’ve done the work to earn it you need to ask for it. Ask for personal references now. Ask for a written statement of your abilities and your contribution to the company when you are first told the news. People have short memories. Also you don’t know whose job will be eliminated next. If the person who knows your strengths leaves suddenly, you may not get the detailed recommendation from another person.

Ask for outplacement assistance.
Many employers aren’t going to offer this but you can’t be afraid to ask. Act like you expect it as part of your exit package. The person who delivers bad news can sometimes be persuaded to give you something you really want.

Don’t allow yourself to wallow.
It is easy in troubled times to become isolated. There are a lot of people facing similar challenges. Connect with those who emit a positive energy.Operating in this energy range you will be more likely to attract in new people and circumstances. Even if you don’t have a health club membership, make time to exercise. A steady stream of endorphins will assist you in thriving in the midst of change.

Get busy giving
When you are not looking for a job, make dedicated time to give service to others. You don’t have to look that far to find someone else who is facing more challenges than you. And when we give at this level it allows us to invoke the Law of Reciprocity, which says that when you do good deeds for another, they will do good deeds for you. This is a time when we all are going to need our neighbors, family, and friends, so give freely, cheerfully, and often.

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Creating and Receiving Miracles

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A few weeks ago I showed you how to believe in miracles. This week, I want to tell you about one of the most powerful lessons that I have learned about miracles. That is the ability to create and participate in miracles.

No person creates a miracle alone. To align with this ability you must firmly ground yourself in the unwavering belief in the Power of your Source. God may be the whole which provides miracles but you create the space within yourself to receive it.

Many people don’t realize they have the ability to create their own miracles. This blog is dedicated to sharing with you some of the most intimate revelations that have been revealed to me in numerous meditations and readings.

Here are the four vital steps which will turn on your spiritual faucet to create your dreams and desires.

Command a miracle – At the first sign of a problem or crisis go into silence, and connect with your mind and heart and declare, “I need a miracle.” That’s right, no begging, pleading bargaining or negotiating. The good Lord appreciates it when we claim our gifts without hesitation or fear. To work at this level, your spiritual faucet must be turned on at all times. Commanding is the way to evoke a catalyst for spiritual change in your life.

Be specific – Don’t dilute your message with a lot of if’s, and’s, or but’s. Developing your spiritual muscle occurs when we become so clear and focused on our needs that we believe nothing can stop us.

It has always amazed me that there have been times in which my prayers are immediately answered and others that never manifest. In one very intimate conversation with God I asked, “Why does it seem some of my prayers manifest immediately while others hang in the Universe never coming to fruition?”

What came back was so simple that trying it had such immediate results that I feel compelled to share the insight with you. Intuitively I connected and heard the following, “It is the vibration of the words you use that attracts what we need.”

You know, of course, that I then had to ask specifically what words should we use to create or manifest our desires at the highest level? Take a moment to write down these three phrases and memorize them in your heart and mind: I Create, I Will, or I Am are the words my spiritual insight directed me to say in front of whatever I wanted to attract into my life.

For the last several years, my self-study has consisted developing a formula that normally is only given to my clients, today I’ll share it with you. The first sentence (used with one of the three phrases) should clearly state your need. It should be followed by a second sentence that enthusiastically describes how you will feel when your dream is achieved. Experience the feeling of the words so deeply that you allow yourself to visualize your miracle on every level.

My skin started to tingle the first time I used these phrases with this formula. Try this for a period of one month, dedicating as much time as possible to repeating them to the point where they become your soul’s song.

Always practice gratitude My meditation practice begins with a running list of everything that exists in my life that demonstrates God’s overwhelming gifts to me. I allow my spirit to be touched by each moment or time in my life in which I feel grateful. Sometimes the list is like an unconscious song in my head, it starts to automatically present itself as soon as I begin my meditation. There is no right or wrong ways to do this, just simply begin with what you appreciate in your life.

Be willing to participate in miracles for others – All of us have times in life in which we have the opportunity to decide to help another. Many times, we let a synchronistic moment slip by not realizing the interconnectivity of the Universe is working on every level. It is willingness to give to others that is the strongest conduit for attracting miracles.

During a very turbulent period after my dear mother died and I found myself unable to determine my life path, I called out to God while driving my list of needs. What came back was, “You told me what you want but what are you willing to give?” Pondering on that insight, I turned the corner and found myself staring at a church I’ve seen many times on my way home. This day was different though and I parked my car and went inside to find out how I could help. Since then I am regular volunteer every 6 weeks to help feed the homeless.

Things change for me in an instant after that, but the message was clear if you want to receive you have to be willing to give. Before I knew it the period had been transformed and clients started coming in to see me without any effort on my part, followed by my being paid to create custom presentations for organizations and corporations.

One of the newest books I’ve read that gives highly vivid and descriptive examples of synchronicity, destiny and meaning is by Louise L. Hay, The Times of Our Lives [Buy it here]. For those who struggle to read a whole book, each short chapter is a separate story on someone who has moved their life forward. Some have suffered through bad marriages, low self esteem, physical and emotional abuse. Each story is unique and after three pages I found my soul would be uplifted with the message it conveyed. By the way, I got my copy at the library, so if you don’t have a card get one it is one of the best kept bargains around these days. Remember, change happens at the invisible level.

P.S. One of the miracles I want to create is to expand my list of people who receive and read Sheree’s Tips & Blog to more than 1000! Every morning in my meditation the Good Lord tells me to write and I figure if more people are reading it then another miracle will unfold in my life.

Being able to have the first article I’ve submitted published in Ebony magazine this past February, is a just hint of what God wants for me. If you didn’t read it or want to pass it along you can find “Trust Your Intuition,” in the media section of my Web site https://www.shereefranklin.com. If you’re passing this along ask the person to sign up through my Web site. This is the way to see the actual count. I appreciate your efforts on my behalf.

P.P.S. If you know of any group or organization that is looking for pure positive thoughts as part of its special event or seminar please let me know. I love to teach at the highest level.

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Spiritual Shift: Changing Faith

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Faith is changing.

A new poll shows that 44% of Americans have chosen either to change their religious affiliation or abandoned going to church altogether.

The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey interviewed 35,000 people to snapshot a revealing photo of American religious habits. This insightful report demonstrates that churches today are going to have to pay attention to these changing patterns.

The poll shows the major Christian denominations are losing numbers fast. Non-denominational churches are the only ones that showed growth. The expansion of Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism are directly connected to immigration, conversion, workplaces and school. Two in three people who grew up Jehovah’s Witnesses are also leaving their faith.

Not shown in the report is the percentage of people who pray or believe in God. Perhaps today’s religious outlook will be more like a self-study program with people creating their own spiritual learning format.

One has only to look at the recent popularity of the Web site class Oprah is teaching on Eckert Tolle’s book, A New Earth Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose, to know that people are eager to embrace a spiritual path that is outside of the traditional format.

Prayer is an important part of Western culture that is not restricted to particular denomination. We dance with God when we reflect our innermost needs and desires regardless of our religious denomination.

For many people the most powerful belief is belief in God. For the last 40 years, Gallup Poll results have shown that 95% of people believe in God. Spiritual strength is sought by many to overcome life’s circumstances.

There is enormous research which demonstrates the power of the human belief system. The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggert reveals startling scientific data which shows the impact of intention on everything from the growth of a plant to reducing cancer cells in controlled environments.

Self-study spirituality is the wave of the future. Churches that understand and embrace this concept will expand. Those who don’t will reflect the diminishing pulpit size that this report reveals. People are no longer willing to accept a paint-by-number plan that most religions have taught.

Do you or someone you know need guidance?
Contact Sheree Franklin for a one-on-one coaching session. https://www.shereefranklin.com

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Train Your Brain Like an Athlete

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How does an athlete know how to be at the exact spot where their opponent’s ball lands? Experts will tell you it has to do with conditioning and training. Those are critical skills to developing any kind of success, but research is now showing that your ability to tap into implicit memory plays a big part in being able to craft and create the destiny of your life. It might even provide you with insight you weren’t aware was happening.

A couple of weeks ago I was on a very crowded Chicago Transit Authority Bus at rush hour. The bus was so packed that I found myself barely able to squeeze into the front area surrounding the driver. To me, being near the driver always made me feel safer, but that wasn’t the case this particular cold, and windy February night.

The wind off Lake Michigan practically pushing me down the street to catch the northbound 151 bus. As soon as I put my transit card through a bad feeling came over me. Since crowds are one of my least favorite environments to be in, I pushed the feeling aside and hung on for my very short 15 minute ride home.

In less than 5 minutes into that ride I felt a tug on my purse. That’s right, in a flash someone had already pulled back the zipper on my bag and helped themselves to my wallet containing $100!

Needless to say, I wanted to scream—but scream at whom? Every face I looked into appeared impassive and indifferent. I shook my head in disbelief and got off the bus with the clear insight that riding the bus again without recognizing my inner awareness would never happen again.

But remember, intuition is my thing. Hadn’t I paid close attention when my good friend, Judy mentioned that most of the time we carry around too much stuff in our wallets? While we were on the phone, I took this helpful comment to heart and took things out of my purse and wallet that were unnecessary and would have resulted in a harder impact when my wallet was stolen.

Even knowing I had taken that step only a couple of days before, didn’t help to change the feeling of outrage over the fact that someone could act so callously against me or anyone else.

As I explained my feelings to my CPA husband, he surprised me by taking a step out of his usual financial, left brain mode and asked me a critical question. “Can you remember everyone that was around you?”

Remember, the bus was extremely crowded, but I distinctly remembered three men surrounding me. I went through a description of each one with him: an Asian man in a suit, a black male who looked like he was on his way to work with a garment bag on his arm, and a nondescript white man.

Without hesitation my husband told me, “The brother got you.” I refused to believe it, telling him that the black man looked like he worked in a restaurant or as a doorman with a clean, crisp white shirt and his hair was immaculate.

My husband asked me if he exited the bus before me. When I confirmed it, he told the person who has committed a crime usually wants to get away fast, because they don’t know if you will notice the missing item. I should mention that my husband grew from a working class family in Baltimore to grow into a well-respected businessman.

Because of the details he guided me into recalling, my intuition kicked in when I encountered one of the guys from that fateful bus just two weeks later. This time this well-groomed mid- to late-thirties black young man got off the same northbound 151 and crossed the street and waited for the same bus only going southbound this time with me.

I went into my memory and recalled the details from the day of my fateful bus ride from two weeks before. Again, he was wearing a white crisp shirt this time I noted black embroidery around the collar, dark pants and a garment bag over his arm. Again, his hair and grooming were immaculate. I took in his height and my sixth sense had already started to send me verbal clues, “Watch him, my mind said but don’t get too close.” I got on the bus first and allowed myself to be intuitively guided to the right seat. This bus heading downtown wasn’t packed like the one earlier, and I knew if he was the same guy, he would have to be selective on choosing a victim. Even while behind me, I made my intuition focus in on him. He stood at the exit doors immediately to the rear of my seat and with my intuition on heighted awareness, I knew without looking when he made a move to sit down.

While watching him I also very casually looked at the other people on the bus and identified who would be an easy mark coming down the aisle. It was amazing to note that I counted at least two women with their wallets in their hands very casually dumping it back into their purse. Each of these people weren’t seated anywhere near where the guy was standing. Then my mind got laser-focused and I concentrated on a white female in her mid-40s with a knee-length mink coat sitting on a vertical bench near the exit door where my guy was standing.

The guy sat down and appeared to be very intent on counting money from his wallet. I watched him taking in his bench companion as she went back and forth through her large bag and then carefully zipped things back up. Even with this careful action, the guy didn’t get dissuaded he stayed focused on the woman and even got to the point where he stretched his arm across the empty seat between them.

With my newspaper up and hat down I was carefully taking all this in and knew he would make a move very soon. I put the newspaper down and pointed to the woman asking her to come sit in the empty seat by me. Without hesitating she grabbed her bag and came over. I whispered my concerns and then the next thing you knew the guy immediately exited the bus.

The lady told me that she was about to take a trip and would have been “bad off,” if her things would have been stolen.” She called me “her angel,” and thanked me for saying something before it was too late.

Each of us has the capacity to connect into our inner knowing but when it comes up (like me on the fateful bus where my wallet was stolen) we push the feeling aside for all sorts of reasons.

Just as athlete knows where to be in the exact spot of the court when a ball falls, you can live your life intuitively and it will help you train for the greatest performance in your life—the ability to guide and direct your life safely.

Your intuition is there for you to listen and heed. This is how it gets stronger and it could mean the difference between your wallet getting stolen and your ability to be an angel to someone you don’t even know.

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Unblocking Inner Wisdom

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There are many things that we clutter our minds with that diminish our ability to connect with our intuition. One of the biggest challenges in unblocking our inner wisdom is when we practice sympathy, and not empathy, when it comes to other people’s problems.

The difference between empathy and sympathy has a big impact on everything from our wellness to our ability to manifest our desires.

Oftentimes, we get into sympathy with people that we love and before you know it, you become intricately involved in their problems to the extent where you end up worrying about their issues.

When we are empathetic, it is possible to step back and see the life journey another person is facing without getting so involved. You can pray for others, offer your insights and suggestions, but it is critically important that each of us knows how to separate ourselves from another’s life experience.

This lesson was revealed to me in a big way when a female client came in to see me about a year after her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. As with all people who allow me to participate in their life journey, I had prayed for her along the way. Even though we had not seen each other since our initial visit, it took me only a couple of minutes to sense that the life force of the mother had passed and that while expressing my condolences I was taken by surprise to sense that the young 40-year-old woman seated in front of me was now ill.

When I questioned her on this she told me without hesitation that “she now had breast cancer.” Before even processing the information deeply I asked her simply, “What had you been thinking when your mother was ill?” She told me she, “Kept wishing it was her.”

We must be careful on this life journey to allow others to experience their challenges without allowing ourselves to take in another person’s burdens. Each of us is meant to walk this life’s journey and grow and evolve in our own life challenges. Taking on another’s life experience does not allow us to expand our consciousness.

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Reinvent Your Life

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Few people have awakened to what life really holds for them. Each of us has the ability to express from our own life center directed purpose to change our lives. Learning the technique for reinvention will allow you to set the course for whatever you want to achieve.

First, you must become aware of the possibilities that life has to offer. Start by making time for prayer and meditation on a consistent basis. Even as few as 10 minutes per day, twice daily will have an effect on your ability to quiet the chaos in your mind. Allowing time to connect with your spiritual essence will create ideas that will gestate and grow in your mind.

Connecting with your inner presence will set the foundation for asking yourself critical questions such as: What is my life purpose? What can I change now to achieve my true potential? Keep a
pen and pad handy to jot down whatever insights are revealed. Even if the information does not come through immediately, dedicated intent will make all the difference in allowing your spiritual
essence to reveal your life plan.

The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggert provides the revolutionary scientific data to support the power of intention and the impact it has on our lives. Set the intention that you want
to change and fully commit your will to the process.

Mind, body, connection is so strong that your conception of the changes you desire need to become visible in your mind’s eye. Create a vision board that reflects your future life. Divide it into specific categories such as: health, wealth, family and spirit. Gaze upon this board at least three times per day.

The ability to expand your mind is most effective when we work with programming the subconscious mind. Make a recording of the things that you want to manifest in your life. Affirm these things in the most positive language possible. Listen to this recording, especially at night right before you fall asleep.

Identify three specific area that you want to set your intent and focus for the next 30 days. Write them with clear and concise language and begin each line with: I Have, I Create and I Am.

Focused intention on the three specific areas will give you concrete evidence of the power of your intention.

Be true to your vision. There cannot be hesitation, worry or fear that your changes you desire will manifest. Every idea, word and thought must be true to your vision.

Concentration of will is the strongest power we have available to our ability to expand our consciousness. The will to serve turns the life flow current on to a heightened awareness of accessing inner knowing. The dedicated commitment to serve gives purpose to your vision and accelerates the universal flow in connecting to your need.

As things start to assume the true position in your life, be grateful.

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Forgiving Yourself

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Do you know who the most important person many of us need to forgive? It’s YOU. All too often we play the blame game and continuously bombard our minds and spirit with the regrets, mistakes, and disappointments in our lives.

Our thoughts, feelings, and emotions are too important to ignore and must be carefully monitored in order to help navigate and direct our path to wellness, success, and happiness. Never was this lesson explained to me more clearly than from a teenager.

The student and I connected when she interviewed as part of my responsibility chairing the Chicago Minority Business Development Council Scholarship Committee.

She was a 17-year-old Asian immigrant who was one of the highest ranking students in a large inner-city school in Chicago. Kim, (not her name) had come to the United States around the age of six or seven and spoke only Chinese. As an only child, her parents emphasized the importance of achieving an American education and she spent many hours studying.

The hard work and dedication paid off and she was named Valedictorian her senior year. At the same time, the student’s family learned that her maternal grandfather was dying in China. They made the commitment to travel home for two weeks to see him in his final days.

When Kim informed the school’s principal of her upcoming absence, she learned that due to the small point difference between herself and the other top ranked students, it would be next to impossible for her to maintain the coveted Number One spot. Looking at the young girl across the table from me, I could still sense the deep hurt of this experience.

She told of having spoken with Grandfather about this injustice and he asked her a critical question, “If you were given a choice between a large stick of gold and a vessel that contained time, which would you choose? Kim said, “Of course, I would take the gold.” He told her the vessel of time is much important because that you can never replace.”

After the funeral service, Kim returned to school and hid the deep hurt inside over losing the top spot, by overeating in her home alone each day. After gaining almost 30 pounds in a few months Kim’s self-esteem plummeted even more. Her parents spent long hours working in low wage jobs and didn’t notice their daughter’s despair.

Later, taking a college-level Psychology class, Kim continued her practice of reading the entire textbook in the first week. She then met with the teacher and told her of her own diagnosis of having an eating disorder. Kim said, “My parents cannot afford to put me in therapy. I must work to change myself.” The two devised a strategy in which Kim would get a job after school doing something that she really loved: working in the library. And she was to commit to asking one person to do something with her each week.

When I asked her what she learned from this experience, Kim explained, “I had to make up with myself and stop being angry about everything I thought I had done wrong.” My eyes filled with tears as I listened to this life lesson coming from this young teenage girl seated across from me.

How many of us don’t understand the vital significance of practicing self-forgiveness? We often talk to ourselves much worse than we would allow anyone else to. Only through truly listening to our inner dialogue can we become aware of what we are saying to ourselves.

Kim was on route to graduating in the top ten of her class. When she left the room, everyone agreed we found our scholarship award winner.

©2008 Sheree Franklin. Sheree is a life coach and entrepreneur who specializes in intuitive coaching. Sign up for Sheree’s bi-monthly tips on intuition and relationships at

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Surving the Holidays with Emotional Pain

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My grandmother used to say, “The holidays come and go and take a lot of people with them.”

For a long time, I used to think those were “just words,” until the keen insight this statement revealed about our life experiences struck me personally.

One of my biggest life lessons happened eight years ago, when my dad passed very suddenly just fifteen days before Christmas. My mom’s phone call alerting me of his death is still etched in my heart and mind. From time to time, the memory resurfaces triggered by a variety of sensory experiences that we all get exposed to in our everyday life.

We all know the cardinal rule: we are born and one day we will die. If this happens during the holiday season, we must work to expand our consciousness, by choosing to grow through the pain of loss.

Everything that is happening to us is being absorbed on both the conscious and subconscious levels. When we become aware of all the many levels in life it helps us better understand the grieving process. Knowing what triggers our depression, or emotional pain, gives us the ability to become more powerful in our lives.

For many people, the holidays can be extremely painful as we remember not only those we have lost, but also how the life we may have wished for didn’t turn out.

We must remember that we live in a free-will planet and you must decide to either be a volunteer or a draftee in dealing with whatever pain you are facing. When you choose to be a volunteer you become open and receptive to the growth an experience offers. As a draftee, many people go through pain, literally, kicking and screaming, not wanting to change or even accept circumstances they cannot control.

Celine Dion’s song, Because You Loved Me, still connects with the inner layer of pain around my heart concerning my dad’s death. That song played at his funeral, and hearing it some eight years later, can still throw me into emotional pain if I am not extremely careful.

Once while donating blood, the song was playing in a room filled with volunteers like me who were hooked up to IVs. The technician monitoring my blood withdrawal looked shocked when she saw I was softly crying. Knowing about the emotional trigger of this song, gave me the insight to not only accept, but even acknowledge, the process to her. I made a conscious choice to relax and decided that my giving blood at this time was no accident, it reminded me of one of God’s greatest gifts—our ability to give and receive love.

©2008 Sheree Franklin. Sheree is a life coach and entrepreneur who specializes in intuitive coaching. Visit her web site at https://www.shereefranklin.com or contact
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